(07-09-2013, 09:12 PM)UniqueStranger Wrote: Horrible tragedy. The trains are so technologically backward in the safety area. Every time I sit at a train crossing watching the train go by, there's always that niggling doubt about it's safety. Is it my time to go now?
Burkhardt said firefighters put out the small fire with handheld extinguishers and then shut down the idling locomotive without asking for permission. As the firefighters were on their way back from the scene, they met a company official they had asked to meet them and informed him of what they had done.
With this, we now have the train company blaming the firefighters that the train people told to leave after the firefighters put out a little fire before entering the town...the government will be looking to criminally prosecute the train company for not implementing high tech, costly upgraded technology (which they cannot afford and which the government does not want to help them with $).
Do I blame government for not stepping in sooner and taking control....catch 22? In this case, all I care about is everyone's safety...and that includes crumbling infrastructure too (esp. bridges).
“When the locomotive shut down it was just a matter of time until the leakage of air out of the brake cylinders would allow the brakes to release, and that’s exactly what happened,” Burkhardt said.
Seems to me it shouldn't take some high tech gizmo.
You simply leave the brakes on... they took them off by turning off the train because the firefighters didn't know what the ƒück they were doing ...heavy load. emergency brake not enough. Clearly in the guidelines they follow. What else could be done? Totally redesign the brake systems on the new engines? decommission all of the old ones because they use air brakes that require a compressor to stay on?
Don't know why the article goes on and on about what cold have caused it when it was stated right there that the firemen notified the train official they turned off the engine. The only question I would have is did the official have time to run to the train to start it back up? or was it already too late?
Stupid mistake with horrible consequences and the firefighters don't want to take the blame. No doubt this will lead to some new bullshit regulations that will do nothing to actually improve any safety.